Clear Skies acted as Exclusive M&A Advisor to Anthem for its Majority Acquisition of HDNet

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Cross-Border Transaction in Sports & Entertainment Sector in the US

Clear Skies Partners LLC announced that it had acted as exclusive M&A advisor to Anthem Sports & Entertainment, a global multi-platform media company, in connection to its acquisition of a majority interest in HDNet LLC, parent of the widely distributed U.S. television networks AXS TV and HDNet Movies. The deal also includes AXS TV’s extensive library of owned programming, including wrestling, MMA and entertainment content. The transaction closed on September 9, 2019.

The two networks add significantly to Anthem’s rapidly growing portfolio of content, which is currently available in 120 countries and includes diverse and popular sports and entertainment programming targeted to passionate communities with a focus on millennial viewers.

“Clear Skies played an important role from beginning to end on this complex cross-border transaction,” said Leonard Asper, CEO, Anthem Sports & Entertainment.

AXS TV and HDNet Movies will continue operating from their existing facilities in Denver and Los Angeles, and the combined company will include Anthem’s playout and production center in Toronto and production facilities in Nashville and Europe.

With this transaction, Anthem channels are now estimated to reach nearly 150 million global TV homes, including more than 110 million MVPD-served TV households in the U.S. and Canada.

Anthem has offices and studios in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and Nashville, and in Europe.

About Clear Skies

Clear Skies is a private investment and advisory firm that acquires middle-market businesses in the consumer, distribution, industrials, manufacturing, real estate, and TMT sectors in North America.

About Anthem Sports & Entertainment

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc., is a global multi-platform media company headquartered in Toronto, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Europe. Focused on acquiring and delivering content to passionate global audiences, Anthem is a fast-growing presence in entertainment, music, lifestyle and sports programming with networks reaching nearly 150 million global TV homes, including 110 million MVPD-served TV households in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, Anthem’s proprietary content is also distributed to more than 160 million global TV homes through licensing agreements with some of the world’s premier networks. Anthem’s networks and content are available on nearly every major streaming service and digital platform. Anthem’s brands include AXS TV, HDNet Movies, Impact Wrestling, Impact Plus, The Fight Network, Game TV, Game+ and Pursuit Channel.

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